Propaganda And The Holocaust

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The word propaganda means information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. The word was first used by Pope Gregory XV around 1620 when he established the Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith (A Brief History…); however, the idea of propaganda is as old as time. Today, just like in the 17th century the word propaganda was used to influence people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors (Bruck and Manzaria). Propaganda is used to promote one way of thinking over another, whether that be through the truth, the twisting of the truth or rumors and lies.
Propaganda was first spread through ballads which were beguiling and whimsical poems or songs dating back
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Previously known as the German Workers’ Party, once Hitler joined, it grew from forty-five to over two thousand in a little less than a year. In 1921, He officially became the leader of the Nazi party and by 1923 he had 40,000 people attending his rallies. In November of that year, he organized the Beer Hall Putsch which was his attempt to overthrow the government in Germany and become their new leader. When Hitler and his men attempted to march on Berlin the police met them with force. Even though Hitler and his men out numbered the police, when gun fire started, Hitler retreated and his men followed (The Nazi Party…). After a few days on the run Hitler was captured and charged with high treason. Originally it was believed he would receive the death penalty and while being held and awaiting trial Adolf became very depressed and contemplated suicide. However, word got to him that his sentence was likely going to be reduced, so he used his trails and public appearance as make shift political rallies. When the verdict was decided, he was charged with the minimum sentence of five years and was released early in December of 1924, only one year into his sentence. However, 1923 Germany was much different than December of 1924 in Germany, with unemployment almost doubling, the needs of the people had completely shifted. They were no longer interested or attracted to radical ideas, like Hitler’s. They needed a stable and prosperous

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